Top 3 Tips to Banish Stress
National Stress Awareness Month has come at a time when nerves are running extra high this year. We think it’s more important than ever to observe this day to refocus our attention on managing and reducing stress. Stress can have a negative impact not just on your mind but your physical well-being.
Take these tips into consideration the next time you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
How deep breathing can reduce stress.
Has someone ever told you, “slow down, take a deep breath”? That’s because when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down. Breathwork is a practice used when one consciously breathes to improve mental health and self-awareness. Next time you find yourself getting anxious, take a deep breath through your nose, hold for five seconds and breathe out through your mouth. Do this 5-times in a row and notice how you feel after. If you want to try out more complex breathwork practices, try out apps like Calm and Headspace to guide you through it.
Sweat it out! Feel calmer.
It may seem extra hard to want to break a sweat when you’re stressed but even doing a quick 15-minute HIIT cardio will help decrease tension and boost your mood. That’s because once you get moving your brain releases serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which helps you feel happy and more relaxed. Pick a class or a virtual workout you find fun and easy to motivate for
Journal your feelings to reduce stress.
Don’t let your emotions and anxiety build up! You can start by keeping a gratitude journal and taking time once a day to write down three things you’re grateful for. Writing down what you’re grateful for can help shift your mindset from being distressed to focusing on the positive things in your life. The little steps you take to shift you’re thinking each day will help control your anxiety over time.
It’s important to recognize when you’re stressed and to find a healthy way to cope. Notice the activities that work best for you and what makes you feel most at ease. We hope these tips have been a good starting point to a calmer future.